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  1. Course Texts 9 items
    Please be aware that none of these books covers all the social theorists whose work we will be examining in this particular course.
    1. Contemporary sociological theory - Calhoun, Craig J. 2012

      Book  The readings from this 3rd edition of this book are also contained in this second edition, so if the most recent edition is not available, please use the earlier one instead

    2. Social theory in the twentieth century and beyond - Baert, Patrick, Silva, Filipe Carreira da c2010

      Book 

    3. Social theory: a historical introduction - Callinicos, Alex 1999

      Book 

    4. An invitation to social theory - Inglis, David, Thorpe, Christopher 2012

      Book 

    5. Understanding social theory - Layder, Derek 2006

      Book  This text is available as an e-book: http://eleanor.lib.gla.ac.uk/record=b2984304.

    6. Contested knowledge: social theory today - Seidman, Steven 2008

      Book 

    7. Handbook of social theory - Ritzer, George, Smart, Barry 2001

      Book  This text is available as an e-book: http://eleanor.lib.gla.ac.uk/record=b2876206.

    8. A student's guide to presentations: making your presentation count - Chivers, Barbara, Shoolbred, Michael, Dawson Books 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book  If you think that you need to review or improve the way you give seminar presentations, you may find it useful to refer to the following book See: especially chapters 2, 4 and 5

  2. Lecture and Essay Readings 238 items
    The ‘Key Readings’ for each class will be the main ones on which the lecture will draw. While the lectures may also refer to some of the ‘Additional Recommended Readings’, the latter are listed here primarily as further relevant readings for the essay questions.
    1. 1: What is Social Theory? 20 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. Contemporary sociological theory - Calhoun, Craig J. 2012

          Book Essential See: General introduction via Online Resource Button. The ‘General Introduction’ in the 2nd edition of this book is effectively the same, so it could be read instead

        2. Should Sociologists Forget Their Mothers and Fathers - Arthur L. Stinchcombe 1982

          Article  Stinchcombe, Arthur L. 1982. Should Sociologists Forget Their Mothers and Fathers. The American Sociologist 17 (1), 2-11.

        3. Engendering the social: feminist encounters with sociological theory - Marshall, Barbara L., Witz, Anne 2004

          Book  See: Witz, Anne and Barbara L. Marshall, Introduction: Feminist Encounters with Sociological Theory.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 17 items
        1. Destabilizing theory: contemporary feminist debates - Barrett, Michèle, Phillips, Anne 1992

          Book  See: Introduction

        2. Social theory: a historical introduction - Callinicos, Alex 1999

          Book  See: especially ‘Introduction’ and Chapter 12, pp. 1-9, 296-318

        3. Why do we read the classics? - Giovanni da Col, Claudio Sopranzetti, Fred Myers, Anastasia Piliavsky 12/2017

          Article 

        4. For sociology: renewal and critique in sociology today - Gouldner, Alvin W. c1973

          Book  See: Gouldner, A. W., The Politics of the Mind

        5. Possibilities: essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire - David Graeber 2007

          Book  Chapter: Social Theory as Science and Utopia: Or, Does the Prospect of a General Sociological Theory Still Mean Anything in an Age of Globalization?

        6. Racism, sexism, power and ideology - Colette Guillaumin 1995

          Book  Chapter: Women and theories about society: the effects on theory of the anger of the oppressed (1981). This book is available as an e-book.

        7. Decolonizing anthropology: moving further toward an anthropology of liberation - Harrison, Faye Venetia, Association of Black Anthropologists c1997

          Book  See: Harrison, Faye V., Anthropology as an Agent of Transformation: Introductory Comments and Queries

        8. An invitation to social theory - Inglis, David, Thorpe, Christopher 2012

          Book  See: Chapter 1: Introduction: Extending an Invitation

        9. Contemporary feminist theories - Jackson, Stevi, Jones, Jackie c1998

          Book  See: Chapters 1 and 2

        10. The sociological imagination - Mills, C. Wright, MyiLibrary c2000 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: Chapter 2

        11. Feminism without borders: decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity - Mohanty, Chandra Talpade c2003

          Book  See: Especially Chapters 1 and 9 – the first of these chapters was originally published as Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses. Feminist Review 30, 61-88, 1988

        12. The ISA handbook of diverse sociological traditions - Patel, Sujata 2010

          Book 

        13. Queer theory/sociology - Seidman, Steven 1996

          Book  See: Stein, Arlene and Ken Plummer., “I Can’t Even Think Straight: “Queer” Theory and the Missing Sexual Revolution in Sociology

    2. 2: Power 27 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. Power: a radical view - Lukes, Steven, British Sociological Association, MyiLibrary 2005 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: Introduction and Chapter 1, pp. 1-13, 14-59

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 24 items
        1. Language and symbolic power - Bourdieu, Pierre, Bourdieu, Pierre, Thompson, John B. 1991

          Book  See: especially Chapter 7 OR see item above.

        2. Michel Foucault: beyond structuralism and hermeneutics - Dreyfus, Hubert L., Rabinow, Paul 1983

          Book  OR see item above

        3. Michel Foucault - Eribon, Didier 1992

          Book 

        4. The Foucault effect: studies in governmentality : with two lectures by and an interview with Michel Foucault - Burchell, Graham, Gordon, Colin, Miller, Peter, Foucault, Michel 1991

          Book Essential See: Foucault, M. 1991 (1978). Governmentality pp. 87-104 via Online Resource Button. See also: Foucault, M. 2007 (1977). Truth and Power. In Craig Calhoun et al (eds.) 2012. Contemporary Sociological Theory (3nd edition). Oxford Blackwell (pp. 305-13).)

        5. Power-knowledge: selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977 - Foucault, Michel, Gordon, Colin 1980

          Book  See: Chapters 6 and 7

        6. Theorizing power - Hearn, Jonathan 2012

          Book  See: Part 1

        7. The lives of Michel Foucault - Macey, David 1993

          Book 

        8. European Journal of Social Theory

          Journal  Menge, Torsten. 2017. The role of power in social explanation. European Journal of Social Theory (early online publication).

        9. The Foucault reader - Foucault, Michel, Rabinow, Paul 1991, c1984

          Book 

        10. Governmentality - Nikolas Rose, Pat O'Malley, Mariana Valverde 12/2006

          Article 

        11. Power: a new social analysis - Russell, Bertrand 1938

          Book 

        12. Contemporary sociological theory - Craig J. Calhoun 2012

          Book  See: Smith, D.E. 2007 (1990). The Conceptual Practices of Power pp. 398-406. See also: Item below

        13. The conceptual practices of power: a feminist sociology of knowledge - Smith, Dorothy E. 1990

          Book  See: especially Chapter 1 ‘Women’s Experience as a Radical Critique of Sociology’ and Chapter 2 ‘The Ideological Practice of Sociology’, pp. 11-28, 31-57. See also: Item above

        14. Institutional ethnography: a sociology for people - Smith, Dorothy E. c2005

          Book  See: especially Part 1 ‘Making a Sociology for People’, pp. 7-45 and Chapter 9: Power, Language and Institutions, pp. 183-201

        15. Table of Contents

          Audio-visual document  Theory, Culture & Society, 34 (5)6), September-November 2017, Special Issue: Elites and Power after Financialization

    3. 3: Critique 19 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
      2. Additional Recommended Readings 16 items
        1. Debate on the nature and significance of Critique - Nina Glick Schiller, Julia Eckert, Stephen Reyna 06/2017

          Article 

        2. Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies - Boaventura de Sousa Santos 2008, c2007

          Book 

        3. On critique: a sociology of emancipation - Luc Boltanski, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2011

          Book Essential See: especially Chapter 1 ‘The Structure of Critical Theories’ and Chapter 6 ‘Emancipation in the Pragmatic Sense’

        4. Edgework: critical essays on knowledge and politics - Brown, Wendy, Dawson Books c2005 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        5. The resources of critique - Callinicos, Alex 2006

          Book  See: especially Chapters 1, 2 and 6

        6. Why we can't afford the rich 2014 - Andrew Sayer, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2015

          Book 

        7. Breaking out again : feminist ontology and epistemology - Stanley, Liz, Wise, Sue 1993

          Book  See: especially Chapters 1 and 2

        8. The ticklish subject: an essay in political ontology - éZiézek, Slavoj 1999

          Book  See: Chapter 4

    4. 4: Intersectionality 27 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. Intersectionality - Patricia Hill Collins, Sirma Bilge 2016

          Book  Chapter 1.

        2. Globalization and inequalities: complexities and contested modernities - Sylvia Walby, Dawson Books 2009

          Book Essential See: especially Chapter 2.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 24 items
        1. Is the State Part of the Matrix of Domination and Intersectionality? An Anarchist Inquiry | Lawrence & Wishart

          Webpage  Dupuis-Déri, Francis. 2016. Is the State Part of the Matrix of Domination and Intersectionality? An Anarchist Inquiry. Anarchist Studies 24 (1), 36-61.

        2. Introduction: (Re)constructing the categories of ‘race’ and ‘sex’: the work of a precursor - Danielle Juteau-Lee

          Chapter 

        3. Intersectionality - A. Phoenix 01/08/2006

          Article 

        4. Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities in Social Theory - Sylvia Walby, Jo Armstrong, Sofia Strid 04/2012

          Article 

    5. 5: The World-System 21 items
      1. Key Readings 5 items
        1. Sociology of globalization - Sassen, Saskia c2007

          Book Essential See: Chapter 2 via Online Resource Button.

        2. World-systems analysis: an introduction - Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein, Daniel Boyarin, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2004

          Book  See: Chapter 5

        3. An extract from this book is reprinted in:

        4. Contemporary sociological theory - Craig J. Calhoun 2012

          Book  Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2007 (2004). The Modern World-System in Crisis pp. 587-99. This is an extract from Chapter 5 of Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2004. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. Durham and London: Duke University Press.) See below.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 16 items
        1. The long twentieth century: money, power, and the origins of our times - Arrighi, Giovanni c2010

          Book 

        2. Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies - Boaventura de Sousa Santos 2008, c2007

          Book 

        3. The Origins of Capitalist Development: A Critique of Neo-Smithian Marxism - Robert Brenner July-August 1977

          Article  Brenner, Robert. 1977 New Left Review 104, 25-92.

        4. The Brenner-Wallerstein Debate - Robert A. Denemark and Kenneth P. Thomas 1988

          Article 

        5. ReOrient: global economy in the Asian age - Andre Gunder Frank, Dawson Books c1998 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: especially Chapter 1. This text is available as an e-book: http://eleanor.lib.gla.ac.uk/record=b2941201.

        6. Pathways of power: building an anthropology of the modern world - Wolf, Eric R., Silverman, Sydel c2001

          Book  See: Part IV

    6. 6: Southern Theory and Connected/Global Sociologies 22 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. Southern theory: the global dynamics of knowledge in social science - Raewyn Connell, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2007

          Book  Especially Introduction and Chapter 10.

        2. Connected sociologies - Gurminder K. Bhambra 2014

          Book  See: Chapter 7, pp. 141-156, available via Online resource button.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 19 items
        1. Introduction: Towards a global sociology of care and care work - Brigitte Aulenbacher, Helma Lutz, Birgit Riegraf 07/2018

          Article 

        2. Introduction: Global Challenges for Sociology - Gurminder K Bhambra, Boaventura de Sousa Santos 02/2017

          Article 

        3. Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies - Boaventura de Sousa Santos 2008, c2007

          Book 

        4. The ISA handbook of diverse sociological traditions - Sujata Patel 2010

          Book  Chapters by Patel, Burawoy and Connell.

        5. Decentering social theory - ProQuest (Firm) 2013

          Book  Especially Part III.

        6. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie - Dimitri Della Faille and Neil McLaughlin 2008

          Journal  Della Faille, Dimitri and Neil McLaughlin. 2008. Sociology's Global Challenge. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie, 33 (3), 485-495.

        7. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie - Ronald N. Jacobs and Eleanor Townsley 2008

          Journal  Jacobs, Ronald N. and Eleanor Townsley. 2008. On the Communicative Geography of Global Sociology. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie, 33 (3), 497-520.

        8. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie - Gregory Sandstrom 2008

          Journal  Sandstrom, Gregory. 2008. Global Sociology – Russian Style. The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie 33 (3), 607-630.

    7. 7: Decoloniality 21 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. On decoloniality: concepts, analytics, praxis - Walter Mignolo, Catherine E. Walsh, Dawson Books 2018

          Book  Especially Chapters 1, 5 and 6.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 18 items
        1. Connected sociologies - Gurminder K. Bhambra 2014

          Book 

        2. Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies - Boaventura de Sousa Santos 2008, c2007

          Book 

        3. ON THE COLONIALITY OF BEING - Nelson Maldonado-Torres 03/2007

          Article 

        4. INTRODUCTION - Walter D. Mignolo 03/2007

          Article 

        5. DELINKING - Walter D. Mignolo 03/2007

          Article 

        6. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry

          Journal  Mignolo, Walter D. 2017. Coloniality Is Far from Over, and So Must Be Decoloniality. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry 43, 38-45.

    8. 8: Anthropocene/Capitalocene 25 items
      1. Key Readings 3 items
        1. Climate without nature: a critical anthropology of the anthropocene - Andrew M. Bauer, Mona Bhan 2018

          Book  Chapter 1.

        2. Anthropocene or capitalocene?: nature, history, and the crisis of capitalism 2016

          Book  Chapter: Jason W. Moore ‘Introduction: Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism’. Available via Online Resource Button.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 22 items
        1. The shock of the anthropocene: the Earth, history, and us - Christophe Bonneuil, Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, David Fernbach 2017

          Book 

        2. The ‘Anthropocene’

          Document  Crutzen, Paul J. and Eugene F. Stoermer. 2000. The ‘Anthropocene’. Global Change Newsletter 41 (May), 17-18.

        3. Governing the Anthropocene - Gerard Delanty, Aurea Mota 02/2017

          Article 

        4. Anthropologists Are Talking – About the Anthropocene - Donna Haraway, Noboru Ishikawa, Scott F. Gilbert, Kenneth Olwig 26/05/2016

          Article 

        5. A history of the world in seven cheap things - Raj Patel, Jason W. Moore 2017

          Book 

    9. 9: Anarchism 26 items
      1. Key Readings 7 items
        1. Anthropology, ecology, and anarchism: a Brian Morris reader - Brian Morris, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2014

          Book  Chapter 3; Anthropology and Anarchism.

        2. Background reading:

        3. Anarchism: a beginner's guide - Ruth Kinna, ProQuest (Firm) 2005

          Book  Chapters 1 and 3.

        4. Demanding the impossible: a history of anarchism : be realistic! Demand the impossible! - Peter H. Marshall, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2009 (electronic resource)

          Book  Chapter 1.

        5. Anarchism: a very short introduction - Colin Ward 2004

          Book  Chapter 1.

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 19 items
        1. People without government: an anthropology of anarchy - Harold B. Barclay, Alex Comfort 1990

          Book 

        2. Culture and anarchism - Harold B. Barclay 1997

          Book 

        3. Socialism: ideals, ideologies, and local practice - C. M. Hann 1993

          Book  Chapter: Barnard, Alan (1993) ‘Primitive Communism and Mutual Aid: Kropotkin Visits the Bushmen’

        4. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology - David Graeber 2004

          Book 

        5. Debt: the first 5,000 years - David Graeber c2011

          Book 

        6. The utopia of rules: on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy - David Graeber 2015

          Book 

    10. 10: Populism 30 items
      1. Key Readings 5 items
        1. Populism: its meanings and national characteristics - Ghiţa Ionescu, Ernest Gellner 1970, c1969

          Book  Chapter: Worsley, Peter. 1969. The Concept of Populism, pp. 212-250, available via Online Resource button.

        2. The following book by Worsley also contains a chapter on populism which could be read instead of the chapter above:

        3. The third world - Peter Worsley 1964

          Book 

      2. Additional Recommended Readings 25 items
        1. Why populism? - Rogers Brubaker 11/2017

          Article 

        2. Introduction: The 2016 Brexit referendum and Trump election - JEANETTE EDWARDS, ANGELIQUE HAUGERUD, SHANTI PARIKH 05/2017

          Article 

        3. Populism Left and Right - Eric Fassin 2018

          Book 

        4. American Journal of Sociology

          Journal  Garrido, Marco. 2017. Why the Poor Support Populism: The Politics of Sincerity in Metro Manila. American Journal of Sociology 123 (3), 647-685.

        5. Brexit Referendum: first reactions from anthropology - Sarah Green, Chris Gregory, Madeleine Reeves, Jane K. Cowan 11/2016

          Article 

        6. The Oxford handbook of populism 2017

          Book  Especially chapters by Cas Mudde, Pierre Ostiguy, Paul Taggart and Ben Stanley.

        7. On populist reason - Ernesto Laclau 2007

          Book 

        8. For a left populism - Chantal Mouffe 2018

          Book 

        9. Populism: a very short introduction - Cas Mudde, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser 2017

          Book 

        10. What is populism? - Jan-Werner Müller 2016

          Book 

  3. Recently (and not so recently!) published articles and books not in Course Handbook 23 items
    1. In this section I will upload relevant articles published since the online reading list and course handbook were prepared.

    2. The limits of Anthropocene narratives - Zoltán Boldizsár Simon 18/09/2018

      Article 

    3. The human planet: how we created the anthropocene - Simon L. Lewis, Mark Maslin 2018

      Book 

    4. Anthropocene: a very short introduction - Erle C. Ellis 2018

      Book 

    5. The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives - W. Steffen, J. Grinevald, P. Crutzen, J. McNeill 13/03/2011

      Article 

  4. Seminar Readings 29 items
    The readings below are suggestions only. In consultation with the Course Convenor, presenters should formulate specific questions they wish to address in their presentation and identify additional relevant sources to help them prepare it. Members of the class are encouraged to use the seminar presentation as a way of starting work on the topic they wish to explore in much greater depth through the assessed essay.
    1. Seminar 1: Power (27 September) 5 items
      1. The Foucault effect: studies in governmentality : with two lectures by and an interview with Michel Foucault - Michel Foucault, Graham Burchell, Colin Gordon, Peter Miller 1991

        Book  Chapter: Governmentality (pp. 87-104).

      2. The conceptual practices of power: a feminist sociology of knowledge - Dorothy E. Smith 1990

        Book  Chapters 1 and 2.

      3. Relevant extracts from Foucault's and Smith's work can be found in the following book:

      4. Contemporary sociological theory - Craig J. Calhoun 2012

        Book 

    2. Seminar 2: Critique (4 October) 3 items
      1. Debate on the nature and significance of Critique - Nina Glick Schiller, Julia Eckert, Stephen Reyna 06/2017

        Article 

      2. Why we can't afford the rich 2014 - Andrew Sayer, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2015

        Book  Chapter 1: Introduction.

      3. Breaking out again : feminist ontology and epistemology - Stanley, Liz, Wise, Sue 1993

        Book Essential See: especially Chapters 1 and 2

    3. Seminar 3: Intersectionality (11 October) 3 items
      1. Intersectionality as a new perspective in international business research - Udo Zander, Lena Zander, Seán Gaffney, Jeanette Olsson 12/2010

        Article 

    4. Seminar 4: The World-System (18 October) 3 items
      1. Understanding the dynamics of global inequality: social exclusion, power shift, and structural changes - SpringerLink (Online Service) 2015

        Book  See chapter - Schneickert, Christian, Andreas Kroneder and Regine Schwab. 2015. Globalizing Elites from the ‘Global South’: Elites in Brazil and India.

    5. Seminar 5: Southern Theory (25 October) 3 items
      1. Decentering social theory - ProQuest (Firm) 2013

        Book  Chapter: Collins, Patricia Hill. 2013. Critical Interventions in Western social Theory: Reflections on Power and Southern Theory.

      2. Decentering social theory - ProQuest (Firm) 2013

        Book  Chapter: Emirbayer, Mustafa. 2013. A Sociological Breakthrough, not a Sociological Guilt Trip.

      3. Decentering social theory - ProQuest (Firm) 2013

        Book  Chapter: Reed, Isaac Ariail. 2013. Theoretical Labors Necessary for a Global Sociology: Critique of Raewyn Connell’s Southern Theory.

    6. Seminar 6: Decoloniality (1 November) 3 items
    7. Seminar 7: Anthropocene/Capitalocene (8 November) 3 items
      1. Anthropologists Are Talking – About the Anthropocene - Donna Haraway, Noboru Ishikawa, Scott F. Gilbert, Kenneth Olwig 26/05/2016

        Article 

    8. Seminar 8: Anarchism (15 November) 3 items
    9. Seminar 9: Populism (22 November) 3 items
      1. Brexit Referendum: first reactions from anthropology - Sarah Green, Chris Gregory, Madeleine Reeves, Jane K. Cowan 11/2016

        Article 

    10. Seminar 10: Course Review and Essay Planning (22 November) 0 items